On Friday April 8, former NJSBA president Kevin Ciak was named president-elect of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) at that organization’s Delegate Assembly.

The president-elect moves on to become president the following year. Ciak, who is expected to become president in 2017, would be the first president from New Jersey in 50 years. Ruth Mancuso, who was NSBA president from 1967 to 1968, was NJSBA president from 1962 to 1964.

Ciak, a board member from Sayreville, was first elected to his local school board at the age of 19. At NJSBA he served as vice president for county activities and vice president for legislation/resolutions before becoming Association president in 2006. Ciak has earned Master Board Member certification through NJSBA’s Board Member Academy, and was named New Jersey School Board Member of the Year in 2013.

The National School Boards Association represents state associations of school boards and their member districts across the United State. The organization advocates for school board interests before Congress, federal government agencies and the courts, in addition to providing information and services to state associations of school boards.